Test your Africa IQ against this month’s Professional Safari Guide!
April Challenger: Richard Knocker
Years Guiding Safaris: 26
Score: Richard answered 10 out of 10 questions correctly! See if you can match his score!
Book It: Check out our Tanzania Wildest Safari and have the chance to work with guides that Richard has personally trained!
Bio: Richard Knocker was born on a farm in Kenya in 1963 and from his earliest years has been going on safari. A stint in the UK to complete his education was followed by six years in Turkey, where initially he taught English at Marmara University in Istanbul. Thereafter, he joined a top American adventure travel company, leading trips and expeditions throughout Turkey. The first Gulf War had a devastating effect on tourism in Turkey, so Richard and his wife Jules moved back to Kenya to run a camp on the edge of the Masai Mara. The pull of some of Africa’s greatest wilderness areas soon brought them to Tanzania and in 1994 they set up and managed camps in Tarangire and the Serengeti. They then moved to Kusini Camp, on the western edge of the Serengeti Plains, which became their home for nearly three years. It was here that Richard gained much of his knowledge and experience of the Serengeti and introduced his trademark walking trips in the surrounding areas. In late 1998, Richard decided to pull away from camp management and concentrate on full time guiding. He joined Nomad Safari Guides and was a driving force behind their efforts to develop new safari ideas in exciting destinations, as well as helping mold a new generation of motivated guides through his involvement in the company’s guide training program. He has continued in the same role with Nomad Tanzania, spearheading their community conservation efforts in northern Tanzania, as well as engaging in conservation issues at all levels. His passion for the bush life remains undimmed and he revels in the opportunity to introduce like minded enthusiasts to the joys of the African wilderness.
Last Month’s Quiz: Did you take March’s quiz ? Did you know if you were able to get half the questions right then you were one of the better quiz takers? We aren’t joking around, these are tough quizzes! You need to be on your ‘A’ game and have lots of information as a safari guide. It takes a lot of knowledge and understanding about Africa so don’t feel bad. If you get half these questions correct then a congrats are in order!